Customer Case Studies

EDGE Learning Media integrates PDFreactor into Content Management System

EDGE Learning Media is a leading provider of learning material. They believe in creating effective and efficient content, and enriching learning experiences. EDGE Learning Media has a national footprint, which is testament to the hard work done to establish meaningful relationships in education and industry. It is also testament to EDGE’s reputation for developing clients’ enriched learning experiences on time and to budget.

In order to streamline its process and ensure that the same quality content available in its books is provided through a variety of online channels, EDGE embarked on a project to digitize all its content. From textbooks to concept videos to multiple choice questions to case studies, all content was moved from a variety of formats and software packages into a centralized Content Management System.

After significant research, PDFreactor was selected to provide the backbone for this extraction process, thanks to its proven reliability and accuracy in rendering a variety of content. Integrating PDFreactor into the CMS and publishing process has enabled EDGE Learning Media to produce high quality print ready PDFs. Incorporating all the complexity of publishing textbooks, from images and graphs to complex accounting tables has been achieved under the watchful and detailed eye of experienced typesetters.

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Accessibility Foundation uses PDFreactor for accessible reporting

The Accessibility Foundation is the knowledge center on digital accessibility in the Netherlands. In Europe, they are an important provider of expertise in the digital accessibility domain and active in many European and local projects. They research, test and develop accessibility solutions. Accessibility Foundation provides support, consultancy and accessibility audit services for websites and apps.

The Accessibility Foundation supports their customers to make their websites and apps accessible. This is done by performing accessibility audits on websites or mobile apps. The resulting reports are presented in an accessible PDF document. By integrating PDFreactor they have an automated workflow to generate well-formed accessible PDF/UA documents from their own datasets. Because the input is clean HTML, it is easy to add additional documents without having to change the way the PDF generation is carried out.

PDFreactor was the only tool Accessibility Foundation could find that was able to reliably and consistently convert HTML documents into accessible and well-formed PDF/UA documents. Using the online documentation and RealObjects’ helpful support people, it was quite easy to set up a working document. And because the command-line tool has lots of features, it wasn’t even needed to write any code for the conversion process.

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ReviewPro integrates PDFreactor® for Client Reporting

ReviewPro is the leading provider of Guest Intelligence solutions to independent hotel brands worldwide. Their suite of cloud-based solutions includes Online Reputation Management (ORM) and the Guest Survey Solution (GSS), which enable clients to obtain a deeper understanding of reputation performance as well as operational/service strengths and weaknesses. More than 25,000 hotel brands worldwide are currently using ReviewPro’s solutions.

At ReviewPro they provide their clients with the most relevant and insightful information delivered in the most actionable way possible. Downloadable reports, in both excel and PDF, are a vital component in how their clients manage their guest satisfaction, teams, tasks, day-to-day activities, and organizational and management meetings.

A static reporting solution was not an option for ReviewPro, and their challenge was to provide a dynamic reporting solution across their platform that would give their clients the customized information they needed, in the simplest and most efficient way possible. It had to be a scalable solution that they could implement across both existing and new functionality.

After comparing various options, their engineering and product teams selected PDFreactor as the product most suited to their use case. PDFreactor allows their clients to get real-time reports that are completely customizable to their role and informational needs. When their users are in the ReviewPro tool they are able to customize their view of the information on screen, and PDFreactor allows them to then immediately translate this into a printable and sharable PDF report.

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AdvancED® integrates PDFreactor into eProve™ School Improvement Platform

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

Most recently, AdvancED introduced the next generation school improvement platform – eProve™. The eProve platform is comprised of several applications that use common platform RESTful APIs and services for various functional areas, PDF generation being one of these common services used by each application for its PDF reporting needs.

One of the key features of the eProve product offering is the ability to generate rich and visually appealing PDF reports. Previously, the PDF generation layer used iText, a popular Java PDF library, for programmatic construction of PDF documents. One of the drawbacks of this library had been the inability to customize and enrich PDF output without having to write custom Java code for each customization, which has proven effort and resource intensive.

A new, flexible and feature-rich PDF solution was needed, and after careful analysis and testing of several leading products, the decision was made to use PDFreactor, the market-leading product featuring advanced customization and cutting-edge visual design capabilities. PDFreactor has allowed AdvancED to take its PDF reports, a critical customer-facing feature, to the next level of freedom with modern visual design and flexibility.

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Mindworking has chosen PDFreactor®

The Danish software company – Mindworking A/S – has successfully integrated PDFreactor into their marketing system. The new PDF engine enables accurate correspondence between the HTML editor in the system and the output PDF files, which has improved satisfaction among their most important clients.

Mindworking A/S has developed marketing systems for the real estate industry since 2002, and now operates throughout Scandinavia and the UK. The recent penetration of new markets has resulted in new demands in terms of production of marketing material.

Mindworking has been challenged by the requests for flexible text columns. The initial PDF engine did not support for HTML5 regions, and Mindworking had to find an alternative solution.

Based on a market research Mindworking chose to go with RealObjects and PDFreactor which seems to be the right choice. Today PDFreactor is successfully implemented into the Mindworking Marketing System, and Mindworking is now happy to accommodate all sorts of layout requests from the real estate industry in different markets.

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Thomas International integrates RealObjects PDFreactor®

Thomas International provides people assessments which empower business leaders to transform the performance of their teams and individuals – and deliver an immediate impact on their organization.

Thomas products include many different types of custom reports which are dynamically generated from a large bank of text-based content and driven by personalized assessment data. These also include many specialized data visualizations. Reports are requested in real time by globally dispersed online end users, so they need to be generated and delivered speedily.

The existing report creation technology was old, inflexible and reports were very basic because more complex layouts were impossible to create. We needed a faster, more flexible and modern way to create reports. We also needed to support most global languages including RTL (right-to-left) languages. Data visualizations were also simplistic because it was not possible to exploit better technologies. One of the few good things about our old technology was that it is based on a low level PDF API so would render documents quickly.

They built a new highly object oriented .NET based reporting engine that dynamically constructs and outputs the HTML5/CSS3 based documents and injects the SVG/JavaScript visualizations where required. Thomas needed a third party product to convert these to PDF. They evaluated several vendor offerings and chose to go with PDFreactor.

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collectionHQ® integrates RealObjects PDFreactor®

collectionHQ is the leading collection performance improvement solution, based on the proven Evidence Based Stock Management (EBSM™) methodology. Easy to implement, simple to use and extremely costeffective, collectionHQ delivers repeatable performance improvements for library collections by providing evidence based analysis, advice and performance monitoring of all collections across all media. See www.collectionhq.com.

Many subscribers to collectionHQ have a requirement to take outputs from the action plans around the shelf stacks as they perform activities to improve their collections. Using the previous version of collectionHQ, users would often choose to export data to a spreadsheet where they would reformat the output before printing material to use at the shelves. By incorporating PDFreactor, collectionHQ was able to provide users the ability to reformat data on screen then deliver straight to PDF. This has provided a significant improvement for many library staff.

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RealObjects PDFreactor in use at the Deutsche Bundesbank

The Deutsche Bundesbank provides users with PDF versions of their website content, generated on the server at the click of a mouse using PDFreactor®, which was integrated on the Bundesbank’s website by the internet agency ]init[.

As the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbank maintains one main website – www.bundesbank.de – as well as various subsites with extensive content. In order to offer its users additional service alongside the HTML print version the Bundesbank decided at the end of last year to integrate a PDF generator functionality on its websites.

By clicking on a corresponding PDF icon, users can prompt the server to convert texts published on the website into a printable PDF for download. In order to obtain an attractive and clear design, the existing print view can be used as layout. Integrating a PDF generator on the Bundesbank’s website, the primary requirement was for the PDF document to include the Bundesbank logo and the text content area of the web pages, further adding page numbers.

The Bundesbank’s objective was to implement an efficient, secure and functional product that met its requirements without requiring complex adjustments.

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The Canadian Paediatric Society integrates PDFreactor

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership. As a voluntary professional association, the CPS represents more than 3,000 Canadian paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, paediatric residents, and other people who work with and care for children and youth.

The CPS publishes practice points and position statements in abstract format in their medical journal Paediatrics & Child Health and in full-length HTML at their website. A printable, professionally-designed PDF is then created from the HTML in real time from a server using PDFreactor®.

The CPS utilizes PDFreactor® to capitalize on their existing web processes by defining page layout and styles using CSS. PDFreactor® delivers fast, reliable, high-quality journal-like documents that their audiences can easily download and print.

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Deutsche Post World Net integrates RealObjects PDFreactor in Intranet application PDF Basket

Deutsche Post World Net is a leading provider of both Dialog Marketing and efficient outsourcing and system solutions for the mail business. In 2006 the group’s turnover reached more than 45 billion Euro. Deutsche Post World Net employs over 500,000 staff in more than 220 countries and territories, making it the second largest employer in the world.

They used PDFreactor to implement the application “PDF Basket”. Similarly to a shopping basket, staff can now collect the content of any Intranet pages they want at a click of their mouse and then after a final check print them or send them as one continuous document.

Read this case study also to learn why the styling-based processing model of CSS is superior over the transformation-based processing model of XSL, for the majority of documents printed or streamed over the Web.

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Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder integrates RealObjects PDFreactor into online tariff calculator

The Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL) has been providing public-sector occupational pensions for 80 years. Currently some 5,450 participating employers and about 4.1 million insured employees use VBL’s services. VBL manages more than € 14 billion of employee and employer contributions. The instant provision of printable insurance offers (PDF) is a major feature of VBL’s Web offerings.

RealObjects PDFreactor enables a fast, realiable, cost-efficient and high-quality printing functionality within the VBL offer creation process.

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SoftGuide uses RealObjects PDFreactor for the automated production of software exposés

Since 1996 SoftGuide has been providing online information about software solutions in the area of industry solutions, business applications areas and standard software. The SoftGuide database currently contains more than 8,000 up to date program descriptions plus company profiles of more than 5,100 suppliers, producers and service providers. In 2006 more than 6.4 million visitors visited the SoftGuide portal to research commercial software solutions.

SoftGuide uses RealObjects PDFreactor for the automated production of software exposés, which visitors can print out or download. PDFreactor converts pre-generated HTML files into software exposés in PDF format – of excellent quality even when the HTML files contain problematical code.

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Our customers around the world

Thousands of users around the world use PDFreactor to streamline the process of print and electronic publishing. We maintain more than 2500 corporate customers in over 40 countries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, educational institutions as well as government and non-profit organizations, and we want to keep that figure growing!

PDFreactor has enabled us to create the dynamic and flexible reporting solution that our clients demanded, in an economic, scalable, and efficient way.

Tim TowleCo-founder & VP of Product, ReviewPro

PDFreactor has been great to work with. The Java library is robust and full-featured, with rich XSLT syntax and reliable performance. CSS3 and HTML5 support have proven critical in our implementation and enabled us to create great looking reports. Documentation and prompt support communication have been extremely helpful and allowed for quick and easy adoption by our development team. We have full confidence that PDFreactor will continue as the PDF library of choice at AdvancED.

Aleksei TolompoikoDirector of Software Development, AdvancED

Thank you so much again for your help! You guys are the best support department I have ever encountered. Heinzelmännchen solving my problems overnight.

Richard PerscheProject Manager, Hyperwave, Inc.

Thanks so much again for your help with PDFreactor. This project never would have gotten done without your expertise.

Robin Krolikowski Alternative Productions, Developer for IDG Enterprise, USA

This worked perfectly! Thanks for all the help. I’m LOVING PDFreactor! Best investment we’ ve made in a long time!

Jamie ReepVice President of Technology, Learning-Focused, Inc.

Easy maintenance and long-term applications are relevant factors for the Bundesbank. RealObjects offers comprehensive support and maintenance services and is also available at short notice for enquiries on procurement issues. This had a positive impact on our decision to choose PDFreactor.

Daniel StephanManaging Software Developer, init AG

Thanks for your help and support – our client purchased the PDFreactor software from you after I told them how good the RealObjects service was – so well done for that.

Owen LeesIT Director, Cooper Holt Ltd

I am impressed with your service as well as your technology. I will recommend your product to other developers.

Ryan Hunt MeterTools.com

Easy maintenance and long-term applications are relevant factors for the Bundesbank. RealObjects offers comprehensive support and maintenance services and is also available at short notice for enquiries on procurement issues. This had a positive impact on our decision to choose PDFreactor.

Volker PostOnline Editor and Project Manager for Internet Presence, Deutsche Bundesbank

The JavaScript engine in PDFreactor is absolutely the best we have seen, based on our market research. Many of the other high-end PDF engines in the market did not support jQuery, AngularJS and chart libraries which PDFreactor fully does. HTML5 made it possible for us to make magazines with special “out of the box” layouts, requested by our clients.

Brian MathorneCTO at Mindworking A/S

PDFreactor benefited our development team through its ease of use and powerful functionality. Practically anything we could conceive and create in HTML5, CSS3, SVG and JavaScript would render flawlessly in PDF. Also the quality and speed of support from the team at RealObjects is very impressive

Lyndon FitzgeraldProject Leader, Thomas International

PDFreactor has proven to be an essential tool in our CMS workflow. The software helps us to move between digital and printed content with ease.

Paul HobdenChief Operating Officer, EDGE Learning Media